Kids’ Day Camp Expenses May Qualify for a Tax Credit

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Among the many challenges of parenthood is childcare for kids when school lets out. Babysitters are one option, or you might consider sending them to a day camp. There’s no one-size-fits-all answer, but if you do choose a day camp, you could be eligible for a tax break. (Unfortunately, overnight camps don’t qualify.) Dollar-for-dollar Savings […]

How the Sharing Economy affects your Taxes

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If you’ve ever used–or provided services for– Uber, Lyft, Airbnb, Etsy, Rover, or TaskRabbit. then you’re a member of the sharing economy and it could affect your taxes. The good news is that if you’ve only used these services (and not provided them), then there’s no need to worry about the tax implications. However, if […]

3 Ways Your Business Can Uncover Cost Cuts

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Every business wants to cut costs, but it isn’t easy. We’re talking about clear and substantial ways to lower expenses, thereby strengthening cash flow and giving you a better shot at strong profitability. Obvious places to slash costs (such as wages, benefits and overhead) often aren’t viable options because the very stability of your operation […]

To Get an “Early” Refund, Adjust Your Withholding

To Get an “Early” Refund

If you received a large refund this year, you may want to adjust your withholding. Each year, millions of taxpayers claim an income tax refund. To be sure, receiving a payment from the IRS for a few thousand dollars can be a pleasant influx of cash. But it means you were essentially giving the government […]

Advantages of Hiring Your Minor Children for Summer Jobs

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If you’re a small-business owner and you hire your children this summer, you may be able to secure tax breaks and other nontax benefits. The kids can gain bona fide on-the-job experience, save for college and learn how to manage money. You may be able to shift some of your high-taxed income into tax-free or […]

Tax records: What to toss and what to

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Generally, the IRS has three years to audit a tax return, from the later of the due date of the return or the date you file. You can also file an amended return within this time frame if you overlooked something. Here’s what you need to know about keeping financial records involved in your tax […]

Tracking Down Donation Substantiation

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If you’re like many Americans, your mailbox may have been filling up in recent weeks with letters from your favorite charities acknowledging your 2023 donations. But what happens if you haven’t received such a letter for a contribution? Can you still claim a deduction on your 2023 income tax return for the gift? It depends. […]

Appraisals Aren’t Just for Businesses

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Whether you’re in the process of making a retirement or estate plan or you intend to donate property to charity, you’ll need to know the value of your assets. For many hard-to-value items, such as closely held business interests, real estate, art and collectibles, an appraisal may be necessary. Retirement and Estate Planning To enjoy […]